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Twenty-Six Recipients Honoured At Turks And Caicos Islands Inaugural National Honours And Awards Ceremony

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DSC_0239Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Thursday October 15, 2015 – On Monday October 12th, National Heritage Day, The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, under the auspices of the Office of the Premier in collaboration with the National Honours and Awards Committee, held the inaugural ceremony for the Turks and Caicos Islands National Honours and Awards 2015.

The ceremony, which garnered tremendous community support, saw the honouring of twenty-six Turks and Caicos Islanders in five different categories (see below). The event which drew attendants from all across the Turks and Caicos Islands was held at the Parade Grounds in the nation’s capital, Grand Turk, and onlookers where treated to an impressive display of pomp and pageantry by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Band and royal platoon, who led the historic processional march from the Legislative House to the Parade Grounds. The Prison Wardens, the Cadet Corp., the Boy Scouts, the Cubs, the Brownies, the Girls Brigade, the HJ Robinson High School, Eliza Simons Primary, Ona Glinton Primary School and Newman’s Preparatory School were among those that turned out to honour our well-deserving citizens. Performances were rendered in voice by Miss Robyn Hinds and Mr. Julian Garland who sang I Vow To Thee My Country and To Dream The Impossible Dream, respectively, and Mr. Jervon Laporte who rendered the soulful melody Flying Without Wings on the saxophone.

The recipients were called off in order of merit and escorted to the honouring dais, where they received the bestowment of their award from the Premier, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing, before joining the receiving line for the final honour of a March Past by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the uniformed groups promenade.

Those honoured for 2015 were as follows:
THE ORDER OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
The Most Honourable Williams H. Mills, OTCI (Deceased)
The Most Honourable Mary Robinson, OTCI (Deceased)

THE PATRIOTIC AWARD – CAYOS MEDAL
The Much Honoured Stanley Been, PA
The Much Honoured Noel T. Gardiner, PA (deceased)
The Much Honoured Sylvia Melhado, PA
The Much Honoured Dr. Carlton Mills, PA

THE LONG SERVICE AWARD
Mrs. Jenniemae Deane-Forbes, LSM
Ms. Jestina Delancy, LSM
Bishop George Fulford, LSM
Ms. Annie Garland, LSM
Ms. Jane Garland, LSM
The Gospel Pioneers (Member, LSM)
Mrs. Marionette Hinds, LSM
Mrs. Ismae Pereira, LSM
Mr. Michael Simmons, LSM
Mrs. Lynette Thomas, LSM
Ms. Stephanie Thomas, LSM

THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Mr. Daniel Campbell, MSM
Mrs. Claudette Clare, MSM
Mr. James Fulford, MSM
Bishop Franklyn Williams, MSM

NATIONAL YOUNG ACHIEVER’S MEDAL
Mr. Elton Dickenson, NYAM
Miss Ryesha Higgs, NYAM
Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, NYAM
Miss TeAndra Thomas, NYAM
Mr. Delano Williams, NYAM

The Office of the Premier sends congratulations to all persons honoured this year and encourages greater participation from the community next year and for years to come.

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